Sunday, August 10, 2014

World's Greatest Meatballs

This post title might be unofficial, but these meatballs are so damn good.  Unsurprisingly America's Test Kitchen strikes again with a fantastic recipe for meatballs.  One of the best parts about this recipe is that they bake right in the oven!  No more standing over that frying pan attempting to cook all sides of a round ball of meat.

On of the secrets is cooking the onions and the garlic first.  It adds a major flavor boost.

Oven Baked Meatballs
Adapted from America's Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook

1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp pepper
1 cup bread crumbs
2 1/2 lb ground beef
1 cup Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp salt

1. Heat oil in a skillet.  Add onions and cook until golden brown, about 10 minutes.  Add garlic, oregano, and pepper.  Cook until fragrant.  Set aside to cool.
2. Preheat oven to 475.  In a large bowl, mix beef, bread crumbs, cheese, eggs, salt, and cooled onion mixture.  Form into 2 1/2 inch balls. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes.  Meatballs will be well browned.

They get nice and crisp in the super hot oven, just like if they were fried.

I had been unsatisfied with my previous meatball attempts, but no longer will I be longing for a better meatball!  This is the recipe I will use from now on.  Try it out!

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